Biomedical Sciences Department celebrates National Radiologic Technology Week

Posted on November 28, 2016
CHS Rad Tech student learns how to use an X-ray machine.

National Radiologic Technology Week® is celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of radiologic technologists (R.T.s) across the nation. The celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the discovery of x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895.

The theme this year was “Beaming with Pride.” The weeklong celebration, which took place during the week of Nov. 6-12, called attention to the valuable work of R.T.s across the nation. R.T.s produce high-tech images (x-ray, mammography, MRI, CT scans, and interventional radiography) that play an integral role in medical diagnosis, helping to save the lives of millions of patients.

The College’s Rad Tech Program

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) has a long-standing Radiologic Technology (Rad Tech) program, which is one of seven sub-majors in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) degree program.

Courses in the accredited CHS Radiologic Technology program are offered in a blended format, allowing students the flexibility to complete online assignments and use face-to-face class time to delve deeper into topics. Along with coursework, enrolled students receive 2,000 hours in clinical education training during the 24-month program.

The CHS Rad Tech Program, which transferred its sponsorship from Columbia St. Mary’s, Inc. in 2013, holds a maximum accreditation award of eight years following an accreditation site visit by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This is a historic achievement because it is the first time that UWM’s Rad Tech program has gained direct accreditation without relying on the accreditation of affiliated hospital radiologic technology programs.

A wise career choice

Clinical Assistant Professor and Rad Tech Program Director Jayne Wisniewski, M.Ed., RT(R), praises her field and the professionals who contribute to it, “The field of radiology is constantly changing as new technological advances make diagnostic imaging faster, clearer and more informative. It’s an exciting career choice and the prospects for employment nationwide are excellent.”

To explore Rad Tech as a program option or to set up an academic advising appointment, contact Bill Mueller, MS, in the CHS Office of Student Affairs at muellew@uwm.edu.